Included in the healthcare bill, recently approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama is the creation of two new acts designed to better protect and serve seniors living in nursing home facilities throughout the country.
The first bill, the Elder Justice Act, provides $400 million in federal funding for adult protective services, as well as $100 million in state demonstration grants to help improve Adult Protective Services (APS). Also included in the bill is a $32.5 million grant to help support long-term care ombudsman programs, and another $40 million to help fund training programs for national organizations and state-run ombudsman programs. For those of you not familiar with the term, an ombudsman is a person designated to investigate and resolve complaints against nursing home facilities made by nursing home residents and/or their families. This is a very important job, as ombudsmen are often the first people to respond to allegations of nursing home abuse or neglect.
The other act included in the healthcare reform bill is the Patient Safety Abuse Prevention Act. This act aims to reduce the rate violence, abuse, and neglect in nursing homes. The act calls for the creation of a national program of criminal background checks of those people seeking jobs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It's not uncommon for police to discover that the nursing home worker charged with abusing or neglecting a resident has a criminal history or history of abusive or violent behavior.
At Lanier Law Group, P.A. we support any legislation that aims to reduce the amount of nursing home abuse and neglect that occurs in this country. We know that abuse and neglect in nursing homes continue to plague countless senior citizens every year, and are committed to doing whatever we can to help our clients combat nursing home abuse and neglect so it no longer affects their loved ones.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused, neglected, or mistreated in a North Carolina nursing home, Lanier Law Group, P.A. can help you take legal action against the nursing home facility and individual caretaker or caretakers responsible. To schedule a free consultation with a North Carolina nursing home abuse attorney at our office, call (855) 757-4204 today!